The Culture and Fine Arts Ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Unesco to repair parts of the Bayon temple using aid from the Japanese government over a three-year period.
National Apsara Authority chairperson Phoeurng Sackona said yesterday after signing the MoU that the Japanese government is providing$1 million through Unesco to Cambodia to repair the temple’s central tower and surroundings.
“This three-year project is very important in our efforts to repair temples, especially the Bayon temple which is one of the most attractive temples and a castle of Khmer architecture,” she said, noting that the project will run until 2020.
Ms Sackona said that the ministry has a lot of projects for repairing other temples and will sign another MoU with the French government to repair the West Mebon temple in Siem Reap province.
She noted that the Japanese government is a good partner and has aided many projects to repair temples.
Cambodia earned $61.4 million in revenue from the sale of tickets at Angkor Wat during the first half of 2018, a hike of nearly 18 percent compared to 2017.
Full story in Wednesday’s paper